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(en) On The Frontline - Resistance #18 (AF)

From Al <klasbatalemo@yahoo.ie>
Date Mon, 16 Dec 2002 15:48:30 -0500 (EST)


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The posties have  forced Royal Mail to abandon plans
to sell off its cash handling section to Securicor, a
company notorious for introducing redundancies and
poorer working conditions. The whole postal system was
threatened with shutdown by staff threatening to
refuse to handle cash. 

250 colleges nationwide were shut by lecturers and
support staff walking out over a 2.3% wage offer,
whilst London based lecturers also struck on the 15th
in support of a fairer London weighting, and
schoolteachers are planning to do the same on the
26th.
Train drivers on First North Western and Wales &
Borders trains are to strike on 14, 15, 21, and 22
December, whilst it looks likely there will be major
strikes at the countries largest airports from
November 28th with severe disruption expected.  

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A diverse ragtag throng of around 400 demonstrators
gathered in Shannon on December the Eight, accompanied
by 200 Garda (on two shifts), the Garda canine unit,
undercover police, Special Branch, a police
helicopter, plus Aer Rianta?s own security. Well we
must be doing something right. 

We set off on an arduous trek into the airport,
complete with music from a shopping trolley sound
system and a fiddle player. Strangely absent were mass
produced placards all bearing the same slogan, so
people had to make do with D-I-Y banners, homemade
T-Shirts, one coffin with ?Irish Neutrality? written
on it, various Uncle Sam/Dubya impersonators, and a
bunch of kids chucking flour about the place. A team
of graphic design artists went to work on the truly
crass, kitsch and hideous giant yellow 1970ies tail
fin monument just up from the terminal building. With
some paint it was transformed into a memorial to the
recently deceased anti-war activist Philip Berrigan
and to the innumerable Iraqi children slain by U.N.
sanctions and the U.S. war machine. 

A peace house has been established in Shannon, as a
permanent base for documenting the use of the airport
for military purposes, and as a step towards setting
up a peace camp. Help is need with this project,
donations of both money and bodies would be
appreciated.

Contact tim_hourigan@hotmail.com for more information.
There is another demonstration at Shannon airport on
January 18th.

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>From the pages of Resistance#18, regular monthly
bulletin of the Anarchist Federation (Ireland).

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